Extracted from the Traveler's Venezuela Companion © The Globe Pequot Press. Reproduced with permission.

Colonial street In a country which has neglected its historical heritage as badly as Venezuela, the town of Coro, capital of Falcón State, is not only beautiful, but also remarkable. The restored heart of the city, awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993, is truly a gem of colonial architecture, heavily influenced by the Dutch Antilles' style of the eighteenth century.

A complete anomaly in this tropically exuberant land, the médanos (dunes) of Coro present a wonderful opportunity to pretend you're in the French Foreign Legion for a day.

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